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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 3 June 2017
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM One Nation senator Peter Georgiou rejects party’s Muslim ban The recently appointed senator has gone against a central tenet of Pauline Hanson’s policy platform One Nation senator Peter Georgiou has rejected his party's proposed ban on Muslim immigration. The newly appointed senator said that every person seeking to live in Australian, regardless of their religious background, should go through the same channels including strict background checks. "If they are Muslim and they've passed the checks that the Australian government has on it, then I don't see it as an issue," Mr Georgiou told ABC radio last week. "That is different to my party's policy and everyone has their own . . . everyone thinks differently in the party [about] policy and we all have different thoughts on different policies." Party leader Pauline Hanson is an advocate of a 'Muslim ban'; she came under fire in March for comparing Islam to a disease, stating "Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that" and has also called for a royal commission into Islam. As the son of migrants, Senator Georgiou said his stance was influenced by his familial background. "The thing is my parents are immigrants. They came here 42 years ago so, you know, we all embraced Australia," he said. "I've been a very lucky person to be raised in Australia. Australia has given me lots of opportunities and I'm very grateful for it." (L-R) Greek Ambassador to Australia Her Excellency Ekaterini Xagorari, Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Terens-Nikolaos Quick, Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP and Julia Banks MP, Federal Member for Chisholm. PHOTO: SAHLAN HAYES - OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL Greek Deputy Foreign Minister visits Federal Parliament Terens Quick meets with Greek Australian MPs, after receiving a formal welcome in the Greek language Terens Quick was pleasantly surprised during his visit to Federal Parliament. The Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs was formally welcomed by Julia Banks MP, Federal Member for Chisholm, who addressed him in Greek. Mr Quick was escorted by the Greek Ambassador to Australia, Ekaterini Xagorari. It was the first time foreign dignitaries have been welcomed in Greek to the House of Representatives during Question Time. Mr Quick's visit was an opportunity for him to meet Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and get to know the work of the Australia/Greece Parliamentary Group, chaired by Ms Banks. He then had meetings with Arthur Sinodinos, as well as Greek Australian Labor MPs Steve Georganas and Maria Vamvakinou. "Greek Australians have a proud and rich history and have made a valuable contribution to Australia and helped shape our diversity", said Ms Vamvakinou, after the delegation's meeting with Bill Shorten. The Opposition Leader and the Greek Deputy Minister had the opportunity to exchange views on foreign politics, on the state of the Greek economy, and the important history of Greeks in Australia. Mr Shorten repeated his stance to oppose any cuts to the pensions of Greek Australians travelling overseas for more than six weeks. One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/MICK TSIKAS L-R: Steve Georganas, Terens Quick, Bill Shorten, Maria Vamvakinou and Ekaterini Xagorari. Greek Ambassador Ekaterini Xagorari, Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Terens Quick and Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. 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Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Nelly Skoufatoglou Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Georgina Razack, Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, Gerry Georgatos, Christine Polyzos, Jim Claven, Con Stamocostas Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Proofreader: Allyson Griffith Bank of Sydney announces its partnership with the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bank of Sydney has announced a new partnership with the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) to strengthen their commitment to the success of Hellenic Australian businesses and entrepreneurship. "We consider this strengthening of our long-term relationship with HACCI as an important enabler of our strategy for the Greek community. HACCI is a source of positive energy and enthusiasm, and this resonates with our own way of doing business," said Miltos Michaelas, CEO of Bank of Sydney. "At Bank of Sydney, we are proud of our Hellenic roots and our community work, both of which have shaped our character and vision to be Australia's only true relationship bank.” Georgegina Poulos, Chair of the HACCI, welcomed the Bank of Sydney as a main partner of the Chamber saying that the chamber sees the new partnership as a "pivotal step forward" for the community. "It will assist with our expansion plans, taking us towards a national footprint, representing Hellenic Australian businesses nationwide. HACCI is excited about this next phase in our growth, including enhancing our range of services and events for our members," Ms Poulos added. The Bank of Sydney, which has operated in Australia since 2001, has branches in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. (L-R) Miltos Michaelas, Georgegina Poulos and Tas Papas.
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